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    I've been doing a modified version of SS for about 3 or so weeks now. I do the following program:

    Monday:
    3x5 Squat
    3x5 Bench/Press (Alt)
    1x5 Deadlift

    Wednesday:
    3x5 Squat
    3x5 Press/Bench (Alt)
    3x Chins to failure

    Friday:
    3x5 Squat
    3x5 Bench/Press (Alt)
    5x3 Power Cleans

    I've messed around gyms for the past 10 or so years on and off. I had done Crossfit for a while, and was never able to do most of the strength workouts with the prescribed weight. My goal is the seemingly standard 1/2/3/4 plate goals on press, bench, squat, deadlift. I'm about 210 to 215 lbs now. I'd like to hit these goals by late spring, at which point my 10K bike commuting will start again, and my workouts will suffer.

    Here are my progressions so far, with some inconsistencies when I tinkered with the program:

    Squat:
    3x5x175
    3x5x185
    3x5x195 (bar slow on 3rd set)
    3x5x205 (bar speed normal, watch form)
    3x5x215 (watch form and depth)
    3x5x225
    3x5x235 (bar slow on 14th and 15th reps)
    3x5x240 (last rep depth was poor)
    5+4+1 x 245 (fail on 2nd rep of 3rd set)
    3x5x245
    5+5+2 x 250 (fail on 3rd rep of 3rd set)

    Bench:
    3x5x160
    3x5x165
    3x5x175
    3x5x185 (check depth)
    5+5+4 x 190 (same day as squat fail, mental)
    3 reps at 195, 2x5 at 190

    Press:
    3x5x90
    3x5x95
    3x5x105
    3x5x110
    3x5x115

    Power Clean:
    5x3x115
    5x3x120
    5x3x125

    Deadlift:
    1x5x185
    1x5x205
    1x5x220
    1x5x235

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    10 February

    Squats
    2x5x45 lbs
    1x5x90
    1x3x165
    1x3x205
    1x3x225
    --------
    3x250
    5x250
    5x250

    Press
    1x5x45
    1x5x75
    1x5x95
    ---------
    5x120
    5x120
    4x120

    Chins
    8+7+6

    I'm not sure what happened on my first squat workset. I'm guessing my warm-up was a little too heavy or long, and that I suffered from it. The first set was very shaky, with poor form on the 3rd rep. The last two sets felt great, so I think the warm-ups were the problem. My 15th press rep got about half-way up before I got stuck.

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    12 February
    A day that shall be known forever in Canada as TorchFail Day.
    Friday weigh-in: 215.

    Squats
    2x5x45 lbs
    1x5x95
    1x3x165
    1x3x225
    ----
    5x255
    5x255
    5x255

    Bench
    5x45
    5x95
    3x165
    ------
    5x195
    5x195
    4x195

    Cleans
    5x45
    5x3x135

    The squats felt great, and I took a video of my last set that I'll post soon. I need a decent video edit software to remove some of the superfluous footage, so any suggestion are welcome. I really like my depth, but the bar is certainly not following a vertical line down, more like a shallow D.

    The squats are nearing my all-time 1 rep PR of 265. The benches started good. I really had to grind out the last rep of the 2nd set. The last set of the 3rd set was going nowhere, and the spotter had to step in.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUFrrMK23MI

    This is the 3rd set of 255 lbs.

    Here's what I notice:

    -High bar placement creates uneven bar path
    -Long time between reps

    Any other comments?

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    You know whats wrong with your squat, get that bar lower. There is no transitional stage between high bar and low bar - you just do it.

    Watch your knees, you're bouncing off them at the bottom, try to get them out in the top 1/3 of the eccentric and hold them there throughout. Also focus on keeping your back in full extension from when you unrack the bar until you rack it, you seem to be loose at the bottom allowing your hips to roll under yourself.

    All in all nice work though, you seem to be moving the weight pretty easily even with a few things working against you.
    Last edited by Rodolfo Bryant; 02-16-2010 at 05:42 PM.

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    15 February
    Just enough snow to make things very greasy on the roads.

    Squats
    2x5x45 lbs
    5x95
    5x135
    3x185
    --------
    3x5x225

    Press
    5x45
    3x75
    3x95
    ---
    3x125
    3x125
    3x125

    Deadlift
    5x135
    3x185
    5x255
    1 @ 315

    I knocked back the weight on my squats to work on form, and to bite the bullet and switch to a lower bar position. The bar felt quite awkward and out of place. At 225, I could comfortably do my reps, but I definitely felt new muscles engaged in the exercise, especially in my upper thigh.

    My press stalled on 3 reps per set. The 4th rep on each got about 1/3 to 1/2 of the way up before it got stuck.

    The deadlifts felt great at 255. I've had the 315 number in my head for a while, and I tried a single rep at that weight just to feel the difference. There's a BIG difference between 255 and 315, but I pulled it up.

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    I'm having problems with my press at right around the same weight. Microloading is in order for myself. Do you have the resources to micro load your bar?


    You should video your new squats, too.
    Last edited by Rodolfo Bryant; 02-16-2010 at 05:42 PM.

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    I'm planning on buying either washers or 1.25lb plates for microloading. I think I'll need them for the press. I'm still able to add 5lb at a time to the bench, but I'm getting stuck at points, as the next log will show.

    More videos are coming once I can find a better way to edit the videos I take from my iPod.

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    17 February
    Missed a major snowstorm, areas to the south got 10-20cm of snow, and we got nothing. I have no problem with this.

    Squat
    2x5x45lbs
    5x95
    3x155
    3x185
    ------
    3x5x235

    Bench
    5x45
    3x95
    3x155
    ------
    (5+5+4)x195

    Pullups
    8+8+5

    I'm still working on the switch from high to low bar squats. The bar doesn't feel comfortable yet, but it's there to stay. I probably could have done the last bench rep, but I lost my mental focus and began thinking about my lack of spotter. I had the gas, but missed it. Pullups went well, first time I did two sets of eight, but I can never get past the low 20s in total number.

    I also tracked my eating yesterday so I can clean that up. Yesterday I ate 3000 cals, of which 50% were carbs, 26% was fat, and 24% was protein. I'll be looking to lower carbs and up protein. I gave up my daily cereal today for two boiled eggs and a glass of milk. I've always had a bit of a muffin top, so I'm hoping that weaning myself off the carbs will help.

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    19 February

    Squats
    2x5x45lbs
    5x95
    3x155
    3x195
    -----
    5x245
    5x245
    4x245

    Press
    5x45
    3x95
    ------
    5x125
    5x125
    5x125

    Power Clean
    3x95
    5x3x135

    The squats felt nice and steady. I'm still working on keeping my knees out and driving from the hips. The presses at 125 felt much better than last time, although I am concerned about my form. I feel like I'm cheating by arching my back. I'll be getting my copy of Starting Strength tomrorow hopefully, so I'll be reading the press section closely. The power cleans felt good, but same as the press, I'm concerned with form.

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